Who: New Jersey Devils at Carolina Hurricanes
When: 7:00 p.m. ET; Pregame show at 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh, N.C.
Media: TV - MSG+ 2 (Channel listings); Radio - WFAN (660 AM or 101.9 FM)
Stats & Notes (via Devils PR)
- New Jersey has out shot its opponent in 11 consecutive games (329-254).
- Tuesday night vs. the New York Rangers, the Devils fell to 3-10-4 on the year when allowing the first goal. New Jersey is 10-1-2 when scoring first this season.
- The Devils’ penalty kill unit was 2/2 Tuesday night and is 11 for its last 11 overall.
- On Tuesday, Travis Zajac scored his first goal since February 24 vs. Winnipeg, a span of ten games. It was also his first power play goal of the season.
- Also on Tuesday, Anton Volchenkov notched his first goal of the season/since March 11, 2012 vs. Philadelphia.
- Peter Harrold posted a power play assist Tuesday vs. the Rangers and now has points in back-to-back games (1g-1a).
- Ilya Kovalchuk also recorded a power play assist Tuesday and now has 3g-6a-9pts in his last ten games. He’s just five assists shy of 400 in his NHL career.
- Kovalchuk leads the Devils with 3g vs. the Hurricanes this season. He’s posted 37g-36a-73pts in 58 career games vs. Carolina.
Forwards Defense Goalie
Henrique-Loktionov-Kovalchuk Salvador-Zidlicky Brodeur
Inactives: Fayne, Barch
Scratched: Ponikarovsky (lower body)
Welcome back: Martin Brodeur makes his return to the Devils' net tonight and it couldn't have come at a better time. As solid as Johan Hedberg has been over the past 10 days, the Devils are in desperate need of a goalie that can pick them up when their offense (or defense) goes flat for stretches. Hedberg was never going to be that guy, but Marty can be. Expect him to be a little rusty at some point and possibly show a little wear and tear as the game goes on, but I also expect his presence in net to send an emotional jolt through the whole team.
Road trip: Tonight begins a stretch that will see the Devils play four of their next five games on the road. In a regular NHL season, long road trips are a time for a team to find itself, bond and potentially find that missing gear. In this shortened season, all of that is still possible, but it's also possible the Devils could struggle away from The Rock and find themselves in very precarious position considering the playoffs are only weeks away.
Finish them: The Devils are getting a lot of chances in the first and second period over the past few games, but they're not putting pucks in the back of the net. Sound familiar? It should. This has been a season-long problem for a team that isn't exactly blessed with 40-goal scorers. The Devils need David Clarkson and Travis Zajac to start performing on the 30-goal paces we all thought they would to begin the year. Zajac scored for the first time in 11 games Tuesday night, but that has to continue.
No time like the present: The Devils haven't beaten the Canesonce this year and it's one of the reasons why they're ninth despite having the same amount of points as Carolina. No, winning tonight won't change the tiebreaker since it's the last time these teams will meet in the regular season, but it will be a mental boost and a statistical boost. As cliche as it sounds (and is), every game counts at this point and the Devils simply need to start putting strings of points together.